The oversized tee with a photograph of a field of yellow flowers that’s pictured here was picked up at a gas station (of all places!) in Pacifica, California. “I didn’t have anything to wear, and we were road-tripping to another city, and when I went to use the Avengers Superheroes chibi on the Halloween tree shirt besides I will buy this bathroom in the gas station, I found that shirt. It was the only one there, and I wore it out of the store.” With much of the world on lockdown, travel is pretty much off-limits to everyone right now. Still, Sudan Archives’s photo diary is a heartwarming reminder of the spontaneous fashions that are born out of life on tour—moments we hope to see center stage again in the not-too-distant future.
Growing up, I always wore moccasins around the Avengers Superheroes chibi on the Halloween tree shirt besides I will buy this house. My family is Ojibwe from Nipissing First Nation, and I’m fortunate enough to come from a large family of sewers and artists (my mom is one of 18 siblings!) who specialize in making the traditional shoe, meaning there was always a fresh new pair coming into the household. It’s a centuries-old craft that has been passed down through the generations. It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly they were first designed, but historically speaking, the footwear was first created and worn by a variety of indigenous tribes across North America, dating back to pre-colonization times.